For the first time since David Cone collapsed and pointed to the sky in a hot July day, finally cemented as perfect, the New York Yankees have a no-hitter.
Every no-hitter is different, and this one featured sparkling stuff that would make even the most hardened observer suspect something special might be happening. Kluber’s curve was wicked, his changeup unveiled itself in the late innings, and his fastball hit 93 at the edges far later than we expected it to.
If you watched on television, on mute, or in a mobile app, though, you missed the full experience. You didn’t get John Sterling.
John Sterling’s call (linked right here!), featuring Suzyn Waldman, of the final out and ensuing celebration was exactly what Yankees fans hoped it would be.
That is, during the many dreams they’ve had over the past 22 years about the Yankees’ next no-hitter.
John Sterling’s call of Corey Kluber’s Yankees no-hitter was excellent.
Maybe sometimes it was Andy Pettitte. CC Sabathia seemed a prime candidate. Against all odds, Phil Hughes came closest over the past several decades. Maybe some lightning in a bottle with Joba Chamberlain? Maybe the exact opposite of lightning in a bottle with Darrell Rasner? Tap water in a barrel?
Oh, and by the way, Michael Kay’s call — sadly from thousands of miles away in the Bronx — was also exceptional.
Nobody saw Kluber coming. It took several years of dominance with the Indians, a difficult-to-navigate 2019, a franchise crying poverty attempting to sell a year too soon, and an injury on this very same mound in 2020 to even bring him to the Bronx.
Once the ink was signed, it took constant scuffling through April’s first few weeks, lessons from his strength and conditioning mentor Eric Cressey, and an ongoing battle to reacquire the “feel” on his breaking pitches.
Reaching this point was near-impossible, even if you believed Kluber’s success was inevitable. And following the game, Sterling, Waldman and all of the righty’s Yankees teammates exhaled in unison.
Who cares how many of these you see? Every one is special. Every one is nuanced. This one is ours.
Theeeeeeee Yankees win, spectacularly.